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Protect Co-op Housing campaign continues with big push in Kitchener-Waterloo

Published October 24

Protect Co-op Housing campaign continues with big push in Kitchener-Waterloo

CHF Canada’s government relations team continues to press our campaign forward to secure a solution for low-income co-op households whose government assistance is at risk.

Staff and volunteers are continuing to engage Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and MPs from across the country to drive home the need for timely and seamless continuation of assistance for low-income families and individuals living in housing co-operatives.

On October 10th, CHF Canada Policy and Government Relations Program Manager Douglas Wong and Government Relations Co-ordinator Jacob Larocque-Graham spearheaded a Day of Advocacy in Kitchener-Waterloo to engage local MPs on the issue of expiring government assistance. Together COCHF Executive Director Naomi Cho and CHF Canada Board Member Scott Stager Piatkowski, the team met with three MPs: Raj Saini, Bryan May, and the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism (pictured centre).

This Day of Advocacy was part of the larger campaign to engage as many MPs as possible leading up to the release of the National Housing Strategy next month. CHF Canada will continue meeting with MPs and other stakeholders on this important issue.

CHF Canada is cautiously optimistic that our collective advocacy efforts are paying off. Budget 2017 committed $11.2 billion for affordable housing, and an additional $4-5 billion to address issues related to the expiry of operating agreements.

But the campaign is not over, and we need your support!

Take 60 seconds to speak up for co-op housing:

  1. Go to protectcoophousing.ca
  2. Enter your information
  3. Send your message to your MP

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Douglas Wong at 1-800-465-2752 x245 or dwong@chfcanada.coop.